Xcel Energy Inc. ( XEL ) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 24, 2012 and a cash dividend payment of $0.27 per share scheduled for January 20, 2013. Shareholders who purchased XEL stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that XEL has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $27.37, the dividend yield is 3.95%.
The previous trading day's last sale of XEL was $27.37, representing a -8.52% decrease from the 52 week high of $29.92 and a 5.92% increase over the 52 week low of $25.84.
XEL is a part of the Public Utilities sector, which includes companies such as Duke Energy Corporation ( DUK ) and Exelon Corporation ( EXC ). XEL's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.86. Zacks Investment Research reports XEL's forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 4.84%, compared to an industry average of -.4%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the XEL Dividend History page.
Interested in gaining exposure to XEL through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have XEL as a top-10 holding:
- Russell 1000 Low Volatility ETF (LVOL)
- PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio ETF ( SPLV ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is LVOL with an increase of 7.24% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of XEL at 2.06%.
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